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Taaroa Lodge
Reviewed August 25, 2012

I have tried to book in this place 3 times... but unfortunately, it was full twice, and I had the chance to be there for 2 nights... among 4 different hostels in Tahiti island, this was the best place so far.
The owner is a great surfer with an international experience, so the place has different influences from all over the world...They got wifi and airport transfer and hips of advise. Just for orientation, when you get off the bus on the stop "kilometre 18", take the first right next to shop.

Room Tip: the dorms are clean and spacious
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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4  Thank Isaac A G
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

Nice place with excellent hosts Ralph and Diane. It's a great place for the price and location. Not too far / far enough from town and swimming, snorkelling and kayaking right off the beach next to the lodge. Good place to get your bearings and plan your trip too. They will help you out and you can store some stuff with them too.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled solo
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2  Thank Pauliendehaes
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

Really good location, far enough away from the busy-ness of Pape'ete but close enough to make traveling to/from the airport or ferry very easy. Ralph and his wife were great hosts who would help you out with many requests. Ralph was able to help me rent a car for the days I was there and gave me good advise as far as beaches, hiking trails and places to eat. There is a small bodega a short walk down the road and a larger grocery story a couple of miles further. It made the stay much cheaper as restaurants will be expensive in Tahiti. There is also 2 decent places a short walk away for pizza and burgers.

The lagoon was really nice, great for snorkeling and kayaking. There is a wonderful place to sit just above the beach, on their property, for relaxing and sunsets. I highly recommend staying here if you're looking for a relaxing and inexpensive place to hang out.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled solo
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4  Thank Jumpseater
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Reviewed September 10, 2011

We stayed in one of the bungalows for 5 nights. It is right at the beach and free use of kayaks and snorkeling gear. Beautiful view of Moorea and sunsets. Ralph was helpful with info for the area. Always had a fresh baguette every morning on the front table. Very chilled place, hosts leave you be and give you your space. Great dog and bunny for pets. Beautiful flowers, lots of birds in the trees and good location. Wi-fi for a small fee compared to how much it cost on the island. Definately plan to stay here again!!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank stampsinthepassport
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Reviewed July 24, 2011

If you go to Tahiti Island and want to stay near Papette but next to the beach on a laid back place, this is the place to stay!
I had a wonderful experience there! The hosts are a friendly and helpful couple. The dorm was clean, very spacious and had a wonderful view of the lagoon and small beach in front of the hostel. The bathroom and outdoor kitchen were always very clean and tidy.

Very nice overall laid back atomosphere... I recommend!

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Brinschka
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Reviewed March 27, 2011

Owners, Surfer-dude Ralph and Diane, are excellent hosts. Facilities are modern, clean, and private in an area of private homes at pk18 north of Papeete. Located adjacent to the calm lagoon, protected by a reef for calm water snorkelling or use of free kayaks. No pool. Outdoor kitchen. Coffee and tea in the room and fruit from the tree. A fresh baquette appeared by magic at 0700 every morning. Located 18 km from the hustle and bustle, noise and traffic of central Papeete, Taaroa has good, cheap, local eateries ("truks"), a restaurant, and a couple of small shops within an easy walk. Bus stop very close for the irregular and confusing local buses to and from Papeete. Ask Ralph for pre-arranged shuttle service from flights (3000 francs standard rate).. An unexpected pre-dawn tsunami warning had Ralph and Diane efficiently evacuate all three guests and secure the premises until it was safe to return. Better experience than stories told by guests in large hotels.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank SNSYC
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Reviewed February 6, 2011

... no, really. It is almost like one other review had mentioned, though I don't have much of a problem with it. You get a small glimpse of what it would be like if you lived here. Other than getting picked up and dropped off at the airport, meals and activities are on your own. Sometimes its hard to get a hold of Ralph, but his family are very kind and helpful. They do give you some advice when asked. Other than that, they leave you be. Which is the way it should be, in my opinion. Just wish it'd be easier to get a hold of the man in charge though. :)

First off, let's get the location right. It is not located in Papeete, but in Punaaiua. In back of PK 18 to be exact and glad of it!

Next, I did feel like I was going to get left at the airport because there was no one there to greet me after we had discussed the flight arrangements and such. The first time around, I suppose it could be a communication error and the second time, the flight was delayed but we landed early. Needless to say, I got there.

Another miscommunication was about the room. I had asked if he had any rooms available and he said yes. The medium priced one, so naturally I thought the cheapest (dormitory style) was full. It wasn't. So I asked if I could move to the dormitory with the other travelers because it was cheaper and he let me.

Breakfast was in fact two sticks of french bread. There was a store not too far down the road where you could purchase some items to cook for yourself or eat at the PK 18 restaurant out in front.

He does have some mosquito nets that you could request for and use, but I would bring some insect repellent as well if you don't like getting eaten alive. I had neither but thats because I'm pretty used to it.

The animals are fun. I especially loved the bunny! :)

Ralph and his family were sweet and a great help all in all. Ralph helped me with a renting a car and taking the kayak out and bring it back in. The beach was sand and rock, and the water was crystal clear! Unless you are going to snorkel, kayak, or walk on the beach, there is nothing to do there. There is however a book collection under the stairs. :P This is a place to RELAX!

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled solo
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4  Thank Kara U
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Additional Information about Taaroa Lodge

Address: Pk 18 | Punaauvia, Papeete 98713, French Polynesia
Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Tahiti > Papeete
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Papeete
Price Range: $24 - $87 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Taaroa Lodge have 6 Dormbed 1 Room 2pers and 2 Bungalow near the beach Nice Lagoon Nice Sunset See you ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Taaroa Lodge Tahiti/Papeete

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